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August 17, 2012

Birding Ream National Park

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 1:24 pm

Ream National Park, Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

I was supposed to go to Ream National Park yesterday but the trip was called off because of rain. Today it was just as rainy but it went ahead. I just went with a tour from Sihanoukville. It only cost me $20, so it was a pretty good bargain. We went on a boat along the river to the mouth and walked around the headland to the ocean beach.

Woolly-necked Stork
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)

The Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) does actually have a thick woolly neck with glossy black plumage, white vent and tail-coverts and a dark bill. They live in a wide range from Asia to Africa. They are also known as the Bishop Stork or White-necked Stork.

Painted Stork
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucophala)

The Painted Stork (Mycteria leucophala) is white with black flight feathers, yellow head skin and pink tertials. Their range is Asia south of the Himalayas and South-east Asia. They have a heavy yellow bill with a down-curved tip.

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)

The Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea) is all white with black flight feathers, yellow bill and red skin on the head. Their range is from Cambodia, Peninsular Malaysia and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sumbawa, Sulawesi and Buton.

Lesser Adjutant
Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)

The Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) is a large bird with naked pinkish head and yellow neck skin, white underparts and black wings. The upper edge of the bill is straight. It is found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia.

Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a small kingfisher found in Eurasia and North Africa.

Little egret
Little egret (Egretta garzetta)

There were a few Little Egrets far off on the mud flats and about four of them roosting in the branches of the mangrove trees while the storks foraged below.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

There were heaps of Brahminy Kites soaring all over the river and estuary. I saw a couple of juveniles as well. Some were roosting in the trees along the river.

Ream bird list

Little egret (Egretta garzetta)
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucophala)
Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)
House Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) aka Pacific Swallow
Little Heron (Butorides striata)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)


  1. Hi Steve, I am planning a trip to Ream Park next week for a spot of birding. Did you only see the 9 species you mentioned or more than this. Despite some impressive birds on your list I was hoping to come across many others, perhaps 30-40. Is this likely? I know birding in SE Asia can be a hit or miss affair but I hoped that a national park with rangers and a 200+ list would be more productive. Please advise, regards, Sean Haston.

    Comment by Sean Haston — November 8, 2014 @ 10:11 am

  2. Hi sean,

    I do not think I saw many more birds than this. Maybe a few common ones that I did not list. I only did a tourist run on a boat i organised from sihanoukville but if you spent a few more days you might see more. and also depending on the time of year.. depending on wader migration eg.


    Comment by admin — November 16, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

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